Owen feels grateful to Benzema for reviving his career

Karim Benzema finds it hardest to take criticism from the Real Madrid supporters

"I thank Benzema because without him I would never have gone to Manchester United", he admitted to Canal+, as quoted by Goal.

Benzema's extended absence means he is yet to play alongside the prodigiously talented Kylian Mbappe, something he wishes had happened at Real Madrid this season.

Benzema, meanwhile, has found the net 123 times in 251 La Liga outings since moving to Spain and is closing in on the 200-goal mark in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane's side.

Owen was signed by Ferguson on a free transfer. As long as Deschamps is the national team coach, I won't have a chance of coming back, that's what I think anyway.

But it seems the former England global was desperate to play for United and even went as far as to "thank" Benzema for opening the door for him.

"I don't have any problem in any case".

"I may be timid but if you are going to laugh at me then I will react". I respect him and I have always respected him.

Karim Benzema was Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice target in 2009.

Karim Benzema has opened up about how he "lost his head" with Jose Mourinho. when the then Real Madrid coach likened him to a cat. Even if he's someone I respect, after a while, I started to lose it. "He's someone who scores 50 goals for you, so you say to yourself that he plays for himself, but if you look at the stats, he makes a lot of assists", Benzema said.

"(Ronaldo) is more selfish than me, but that's normal", the French worldwide was quoted saying by Spanish website Marca. "I love football, I love these tournaments".

Benzema missed Euro 2016 on home soil a year ago as a result of his continued exile and he appears unlikely to earn a recall with les Bleus in time for the 2018 World Cup. But it's been over two and a half years, you can't be stupid.

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